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22 Dec 2013

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus present CircusFit for Fit Kids Everywhere!

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Each year, we go to see the Circus! I am always in awe of the performers and what they are able to do! This year, they come to America with a 90-city tour, that begins here in Tampa Bay with their new show: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Legends! This show is set to let you eyes feast on fanciful and mysterious acts that will have you in amazement! This is still “the greatest show on Earth!”

My kids have visited the circus each year and it is always a new show when it comes to town. Never the same. Yet the acts in each show are just amazing to watch! They are all so talented and so athletic that I often wonder if my 4 and 8 year old gymnast will one day run away with the circus because they have a talent that they have learned from a young age!

I recently learned of a program that is supported by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Fit! They have partnered with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to help children remember how FUN it is to be FIT! They have a curriculum that it is FREE and available for download so that teachers and community leaders can implement bringing fitness, nutrition and healthy living to classrooms and after-school programs anywhere!

At Fit Kids Playground, we fully believe that fitness should be made fun and coming from a clown, childhood obesity is no laughing matter! This is a wonderful way for kids to want to have fun, be silly and get fit all at the same time! I hope that more teachers, preschool coordinators or community leaders learn about this opportunity and curriculum that is available to everyone for free. It is a great way to head to the circus and talk about how all the acts use healthy habits to keep them doing the amazing things that they can do.

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, an insiders tip is that opening night is typically less in cost, but there is only one show. There is also an additional add on this year to get a VIP ticket to the Ringmaster Zone! This is a limited ticket and allows you access to a personal and once-in-a-lifetime experience that will have your family walking with clowns, petting elephants, shaking hands with the Ringmaster and standing in the infamous motorcycle Globe of Steel! How fun!

And of course, for any show, arrive an hour early for an all access Pre-Show pass to meet the clowns, watch jugglers and mingle with the shows stars! Take lots of pictures and be sure to show them off to your friends! It is really like you were a part of the circus!

We have been provided with a family-4-pack for tickets to the Tampa Bay show happening January 1-5 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. 8 shows in all. We are so excited to help kids push away the screen with “the greatest show on Earth!”*

Disclosure: I have been provided with tickets for my family as well as a family-four pack to a Tampa show.
*This giveaway has ended.

11 Oct 2013

Recess Is Much More Than Just Play

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More Than Play—Why Recess Matters

The era when teachers gladly ushered children out the door for recess may not be entirely gone, but it is threatened by pressures related to school funding, curriculum priorities and lack of facilities available for play. People from earlier generations tend to remember with fondness when recess was a tradition so ingrained in schools that it was practically a component of education.

Benefits of recess

The key component of recess that is different than physical education classes is unstructured play. Children, unhindered by rules and given the right environment to interact, talk at will and exercise in playful ways, receiving all sorts of benefits that aren’t usually charted or documented by tests or other measurements.

Just as adults derive benefits such as stress release and increased strength and stamina from exercise, children need to move their bodies and raise their heart rates during a school day or other structured activity.

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As a mother of 3 elementary school-age children, I feel that recess is such an important part of the day for all of them. They learn so many valuable lessons during recess and I do not like to hear about schools cutting recess time or limiting the children’s unstructured playtime. I read an article 3 years ago in the Tampa Bay Times about why recess is to important to give up. Every parent should read it and begin to look at the school their children attend and analyze their schedule. I believe in the power of letting children play and the Fit Kids Playground program fully supports the unstructured play movement.

“Our children need some peace in their day, some free time, some time to just be kids. That is their right.”- Meg Rosker, Founder of Let Children Play

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Disclosure: This article was a sponsored post and was co-writter by David Reeves, Marketing Manager of Playland Inc. in Carrollton, GA. Playland Inc., is a total solutions manufacturer and supplier to many industries, with its roots deep in the park and playground markets including churches, schools, and day care centers. It has developed into the only company in its field to offer direct to all of its customers, the ability to purchase outdoor playgrounds, shelters, shade, indoor playgrounds, water slides and site amenities. Connect with SII on LinkedIn or Facebook.

Sources:

Centers for Disease Control

Mayo Clinic

American Heart Association

Livescience

11 Oct 2013

Elmo Can’t Stop Singing! Sesame Street Live hits Tampa Bay!

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Can't Stop Singing

Can’t Stop Singing


Sesame Street Live is the hottest ticket on the street in Tampa Bay! November 1-2, Sesame Street Live will take over USF and preform “Can’t Stop Singing” where all your favorite characters will become under a spell because Elmo got a hold of Abby’s Cadabby’s magic wand and now they all can’t stop singing!!!

We love Sesame Street and hope your kids will enjoy the fun loving and educational characters live in person!

Tickets are on sale today for more cities all over the US and Canada and will be going fast! Enjoy the show!!!

11 Oct 2013

The PlaySmart Challenge: Kids, Brain and Brawn in Tampa Bay

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Playsmart's Brains and Brawn Kids Adventure Challenge

Playsmart’s Brains and Brawn Kids Adventure Challenge

We are so excited to see a new kind of adventure race! One that takes kids to use their brains on a higher level. PlaySmart, a national non-profit organization that provides athletic and academic opportunities to America’s youth, will host the 1st Annual “Brains and Brawn” Kids Adventure Challenge in Tampa Bay on November 10th, 2013 at Al Lopez Park. How much fun does this sound: climbs/slides, mud runs, slime tunnels, tire rolls, low crawl spaces, sprint races and other elements throughout the park will be what kids are challenged to achieve.

Team are encouraged to participate together to “think” about how to compete in these adventures. Have a really cool team name and gear? Could win you a prize! Healthy snacks will be provided by GoGo squeeZ. And of course, everyone who competes (ages 5-14) will receive a medal.

There is an early bird discount and honestly, it sounds like so much fun! Hope your fit kids are ready to push away the screen for a day of a REAL adventure!

Sign up today!

02 Aug 2013

TradeWinds is THE Place For Families to Push Away the Screen!

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I live in Florida. It is hot in Floria during the summer. It is even hotter outside in Florida in the summer. Therefore, when I do plan an activity for the kids and I to do outside, it typically will involve water. Lots of it too.

We took the opportunity to spend the day at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort as guests and experience what they had to offer families that stayed as resort guests. Let me tell you that summer in Florida never felt so good!

The TradeWinds Island Grand Resort is located on St. Pete Beach and living in Tampa, is only about a 40 minute drive, but so worth it to drive and play for the day or the weekend.

You are instantly transported to another level of vacation, even if it was just for a little while, I felt like I was on an island in the sun with my toes in the sand. It was beautiful.

With 4 kids in tow, we hit one of the 2 pools we had access too (they do have a third and it is for adults only…I know, right? How nice!) We played and played until they wanted to hit the beach where a flurry of kids activities were awaiting!

Everything from a 200 ft water slide, to bungie chord jumps, to a water play island in the Gulf and of course the beach (and a Cabana for Mom and Dad) made this day “the BEST DAY EVER” according to my kids.

We laughed, played, had lunch on the beach, had poolside snowcones and smoothies, and enjoyed the afternoon. The St. Petersburg/ Clearwater CVB has a slogan out this summer using #WhereSummerRocks. (It’s also a sweepstakes too!) This resort must be where the main stage is for this campaign, because this day ROCKED as well as it was a full day of fun in the sun with my kids and families. I know they will have great summer memories thanks to the TradeWinds Resort!

As a parent who is looking to book a family vacation, and yes, typically I am the one scouting out the location, I like to know what I am getting into. Please read below for my version of what you will find on their website. Or take a look at my Trekaroo.com post about the TradeWinds Island Grand to see what others has to say too! Trekaroo is a travel website that has reviews from real parents about family friendly vacation spots, along with tips and more!

About the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort:
From the website:A 20-acre beachfront playground, TradeWinds Island Grand was created with fun in mind. Bask beside one of five heated pools. Let the kids play at the KONK while you indulge in a massage or a romantic dinner. Explore our impeccably landscaped grounds by paddleboat along the meandering waterway. Give our concierge a call to arrange a fishing, golf or snorkeling excursion. At the Island Grand, your choices are limited only by your imagination. You pack your things, we’ll pack your stay.

Amenities that ANY family with kids will appreciate: 2 Pools, 1 Kiddie Pool, KONK (Kids Only No Kidding) Club with daily activities and more, free minature golf, Saturday night Pirate Show, poolside BINGO and games, paddle boats, 200 ft water slide with unlimited rides, hair braiding (extra cost), beach cabannas (available for rent to guests only), 2 tennis courts, beach volleyball courts, water sports and of course, sunshine, blue skies and sugar sand beaches.

In Room Amenities That ANY Family Should Know About:
The wide range of our guest accommodations offer many of the conveniences of home. All hotel rooms and suites include new flat screen high definition TV’s, pillowtop beds, wet bar area with mini fridge or refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, dishware and stocked mini-bar; hairdryer and lighted makeup mirror, iron/board, wireless internet access, in-room movies, voice mail and daily newspaper. Suites have a separate bedroom and a kitchenette with a stovetop.. All accommodations are non-smoking.

We write all our reviews on our partners website, Trekaroo. Check them out for all your family travel needs!

Florida resident discounts are available as are Labor Day packages!
**I was invited out to experience the TradeWinds Resort in return for my honest opinions about the resort. All opinions are my own.